Jan. 6 committee hearings continue Thursday; former DOJ employees to testify

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol will hold its fifth public hearing Thursday, with Department of Justice officials expected to testify.

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According to committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, Thursday’s session will look at former President Donald Trump’s interactions with the Justice Department, which the committee claims were an effort to promote false claims of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

“On Thursday, we hear about another part of that scheme. [Trump’s] attempt to corrupt the country’s top law enforcement body, the Justice Department, to support his attempt to overturn the election,” Thompson said Tuesday.

The hearing is expected to feature one panel of witnesses, all of whom were former Trump administration DOJ officials — former Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen, former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue and former Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel Steven Engel.

The next hearings set for next week have been postponed until July, according to an announcement on Wednesday. Thompson told reporters that more hearings will be held after Congress’ July 4th recess. The House will reconvene the week of July 11, and Thompson indicated that’s the earliest hearings would resume.

The hearing Thursday is set for 3 p.m. ET. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Illinois, one of two Republicans on the committee, will lead Thursday’s hearing,

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